Each year, thousands of homes experience damages or difficulties when homeowners fail to have their chimneys inspected and cleaned inside and out. The safety and integrity of your chimney’s chute depend heavily on its cleanliness when you light your fireplace or wood-burning stove. The weathering elements and freeze-thaw cycles can significantly speed up the deterioration of your home’s masonry. That’s why it’s best to take a proactive approach to the needs of one of your most prominent property features. If you need to have your chimney assessed, turn to the Professional Chimney & Masonry Service of Michigan.
Consider us your go-to source for chimney services . From a standard chimney inspection to comprehensive chimney cleaning in Westland, MI, our contractors are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep your chimney clean and safe. If you’re purchasing a home or need an inspection for your current property, we’re more than capable of meeting your needs. Should we find animals or debris, we’re prepared to handle every aspect of the blockage removal process.
Offering Chimney Installations and Repairs
If you would like to update your current chimney or fireplace, we offer installation services. Chase cover installation is one of our deepest passions. We also have the training and tools needed to perform gas log, wood-burning stove, and glass door installations. If need be, we can even reline your chimney as necessary. From the chimney’s peak to the fireplace and every inch in between, we have what it takes to make your structure look and perform like new. Request a chimney inspection from our team and see firsthand what we can do to beautify and improve your property.
Contact our chimney inspectors to restore the look and integrity of your property feature. We proudly serve homeowners in Westland, Southgate, Detroit, Plymouth, and Farmington Hills, Michigan, and the surrounding communities.
You will never get behind on your chimney cleaning again when you schedule ahead for your next required service. We help you keep on top of your chimney maintenance needs with our forward scheduling services. Protecting your family and your business is our top priority. A dirty or blocked chimney can be dangerous to your family and loved ones. We offer the highest standards for workmanship because we understand the importance of our work. All of the items and services we offer are under warranty, and we never outsource a job.
Everyone should be able to afford to keep their family safe and healthy. Please review our basic pricing schedule to see how we can save you money on your chimney and fireplace maintenance:
• Basic Chimney Cleaning From $175 • Level Two Chimney Cleaning and Inspections From $200 • Level Two Camera Inspections from $125 • Caps From $120 • Damper Caps From $350 • Gutter Cleaning from $75
• Gas Log Tune Up and Accessories starting at $156.95 • Chimney Rebuilds and Masonry, Chimney Caps, Chimney Damper Caps, Chase Covers, Gas Log Install • Flashing Repairs From $80 • Service Calls From $85 • Basic Level One Chimney Inspections From $85 • Dryer Vent Cleaning from $99
Why Your Chimney Needs a Cap
The chimney cap sits on the very top of the chimney and serves as a cover for the inside of the chimney. They are relatively inexpensive, usually made of copper or steel, and are too often forgotten about, especially considering how important they are. Chimney caps have the simple yet vital purpose of preventing objects that do not belong in the chimney from entering in the first place.
Common but troublesome chimney visitors are little animals looking for a warm place to stay. A recently used fireplace creates a warm chimney that attracts birds and squirrels. These critters only want a cozy place to weather the upcoming winter, but this can cause some serious problems for you. Any kind of obstruction in your chimney prevents the smoke and other toxic gases from properly venting. As a result, these gases backtrack right into your home, which can have potentially deadly consequences like carbon monoxide poisoning. You can easily prevent this issue by having a well-fitted chimney cap installed.
Another purpose of the chimney cap is to keep water from leaking inside. It surprises some homeowners that water can actually cause extensive damage to your chimney. The water will rust the steel flue lining, causing it to deteriorate. This then exposes the interior of the chimney structure to water. If you have a masonry chimney, the water will absorb right into the structure and degrade the materials throughout the freeze and thaw cycles of winter. The chimney may eventually crack or even collapse. Water can also seep all the way into your fireplace and rust your damper assembly. You may even see water damage on the walls and ceiling surrounding your fireplace. All of this damage can add up to a lot of money in repairs, so spending a little upfront for a chimney cap does not seem like such a bad idea after all.
High-Quality Chase Cover
*BEST PRICING AROUND* Call for a Free estimate. We specialize in High-quality chase covers at low competitive prices. Our chase covers are custom made to fit your chase cover. Our chase covers are made with Cross Breaks, Side Skirts, Drip Edges, Collar and Storm Collar for Proper Water Run-Off! And are always made with thick 20 Gauge Steel!!!
A vital element of a working chimney is a chimney chase cover. A chimney chase cover is a fixture that fits over the top of a framed chimney chase to keep the weather, critters and debris out. This protective piece fits over the top of your chimney similar to the lid on a shoe box. It is very important to have a chase cover in good condition because a malfunctioning or deteriorating chase cover could result in severe problems for the interior of the chimney chase. Galvanized chase covers will last about 8 to 10 years.
Near the end of their life, the condition of your chase cover can cause serious damage. The rusting of the galvanized top will discolor the sides of the chimney chase. With the rust also comes the deterioration of the cover itself. This often leads to the middle of the cover sinking a bit and accumulating water, leaves and other debris. The rust and additional stress on this cover cause the top to weaken. Cracks and holes can develop that allow for water to seep into the structure. This can cause damage such as rotting any wood framing, severe rusting and deterioration in the firebox, carbon monoxide leakage, mold, and other structural damages, including damage to the sheet rock and finishing materials. If you have a zero clearance fireplace with a pre-fabricated chimney, it may have come with galvanized chase cover. These covers can rust quickly. Don't wait to replace these protective covers that if deteriorated can result in serious damage to your chimney system.
Chase covers are made from various metals, each with varying degrees of durability. Galvanized, stainless steel and even copper are the materials of choice. Our Covers Are 20 Gauge!
Leaking Water? We can find it and repair it!
If you're leaking water we are trained to find it, either by basic visual inspection or water test, call us today to set up your free estimate. We also offer water tests to make sure we find the exact leak/leaks!
Water Test A test that looks to find the source(s) of a roof or chimney leak. We use a standard hose to focus water on possible trouble areas within the home or chimney area.
Chimney Rebuilds and Masonry Repair
Temporary repairs are the common solution to a failing chimney, but a better choice is chimney rebuilding. Many homeowners tend to neglect their chimneys; so when problems become apparent, it’s often too late for simple repairs. The best option then is tearing down and rebuilding the chimney.
Mortar crumbling, infiltration by water, exposure to the elements, frequent use, time, and lack of preventative maintenance will make a chimney vulnerable, calling for major repairs if not a complete chimney rebuilding. Repeated and/or improper chimney repairs and chimney rebuilds are also major causes of chimney rebuilds. A chimney’s lifetime depends on climate, usage, construction, and maintenance.
Restore the safety of your fireplace system with chimney masonry repair in Westland, Michigan. When replacing a chimney, the bricks must be set on a stable base, then piled up to the correct height to facilitate optimum air drafting. Regular maintenance, including a waterproofing protection plan, will need to be performed to maximize the chimney’s lifespan.
Chimney rebuilds include set up with scaffolding in many cases, tear down and disposal, and rebuilding to code. The most common chimney rebuild classifications are:
Partial chimney rebuilds: Conducted for small chimneys with no scaffolding or the top sections of a large chimney with the addition of a new crown.
Roof line up chimney rebuilds: Conducted when significant mortar and/or brick deterioration has set in beyond the ability of a tuckpointing repair. The chimney is torn down to the area of the flashing by the roofline, and then the top of the chimney is rebuilt a new crown is added.
Total chimney rebuilds: Conducted when the chimney is leaning, severe mortar deterioration has occurred, severe brick spalling has set in from the ground up, etc. The outer brick layer of the chimney is torn down, and a new crown is added. In most cases, the firebox, hearth, and smoke chamber are not removed.
A chimney crown is a cement slab at the top of the chimney that provides protection for the masonry underlying it. It protects the top of the chimney starting at the fire clay flue liner and protrudes over the chimney’s edge, or drip edge.
Many masonry chimneys have crowns that are built inadequately, though. Such crowns are not built from a specialized mortar but from common mortar mix, which is used to lay the chimney’s bricks. This mortar is not designed to withstand extended exposure to harsh weather conditions, so it will crack, chip, and breakdown. This degradation allows water to penetrate the chimney, causing the need for chimney repairs and rebuilds.
Along with a properly built crown, a waterproofing agent can be applied to the chimney’s masonry to help preserve its structure and prevent the need for repair. The agent is vapor permeable, allowing the chimney’s masonry to breathe out, but not in. Water or moisture from within a house is allowed to escape, but water from outside is prevented from entering.
If a chimney suffers severe damage, a chimney rebuilding will likely be necessary. Proper construction and regular maintenance will prevent its need, though.
Quality Chimney Service in Westland, MI
Allow us to upgrade your chimney and keep it running efficiently with our quality chimney service in Westland, MI. We’re an experienced chimney company, offering a broad array of products and services. As your home ages, the chimney will likely begin to degrade. It’s important to regularly service it and ensure it is optimized for proper ventilation while preventing animals and pests from making their homes in your home.
Here at Professional Chimney & Masonry Service of Michigan, we understand the need for caps and top sealers. While these two items are very similar in their function, they also have significant differences in their purposes. You may require one or the other, and in some situations, both can be necessary. We’re here to provide you with the insight that is essential in making an informed decision.
Understanding the Difference between a Damper and a Cover
Let’s start with how a chimney cover and a top sealing damper are the same and then explore how they differ. Both of them are mounted on top of the chimney. They’re designed to keep the chimney as dry as possible when it rains, and they’re both effective at keeping pests from entering the flue.
The flue is the open part of the chimney, which allows for the smoke to ventilate out of your home. A damper cap installation is designed as either a full or partial shut-off mechanism. It is primarily used when the fireplace is not in use, to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney, and to reduce drafts dramatically. This economical alternative to repairing or replacing leaky, old damper plates can save you time and money.
On the other hand, the sides of a chimney cover always allow air to flow inside your home. They won’t help you save on your electric bill, but they will keep out rain, debris, and pests from entering the chimney and getting into your home. A built-in screen also serves as a spark arrestor, preventing embers and other burning material that escapes up the chimney from landing on the roof.
Committed Chimney Experts
It’s important to keep your chimney covered, so considering one or both of these options is usually a good idea. A chimney cover is cheaper to install, but a damper cap installation is likely more cost-effective in the long-run. Additionally, it is possible to have both, but this is usually more costly and can be difficult to accomplish. Luckily, Professional Chimney & Masonry Service of Michigan can provide you with either option.
With so many choices for professional chimney services, it just makes sense to rely on us. We have the experience and tools necessary to provide you with quality chimney solutions that fit your unique needs. Our team is dedicated to your complete satisfaction, so we’ll go above and beyond to ensure your chimney is in pristine condition. When you’re having trouble deciding between a damper and a cover, you can count on our experts to help you determine the ideal selection for your home.
Contact us to find out more about our quality chimney services. We proudly serve customers in Westland, Michigan, and the surrounding counties of Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw.